P.O. Box 53735, Fayetteville, NC 28305

Club History

Fayetteville Kiwanis circa 1921
Click on picture to see an enlarged version & names of charter members

The Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville has a rich and storied history in leading the way toward a better community for all our citizens. Since November 10, 1920, when a gathering of “20-odd young vital businessman” heard a representative of Kiwanis International describe the organization, the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club has been a major force in the civic life of town and city. A week later, at 1 o’clock on November 17, 1920, as the Fayetteville Observer’s front-page headline put it: “About 75 Business Men of City Attend Luncheon of Kiwanis Club Here Today.” The gathering sang songs, heard another pep talk, and handed out membership applications.

Three months after the first luncheon meeting, Fayetteville Kiwanis Club celebrated its charter night, with the Observer headline trumpeting: “Kiwanis Club’s Charter Night Most Elaborate In Entire History of City.” More than 180 members and guests were in attendance.

Hands-on service was a Kiwanis distinctive from its earliest days. In 1923, Kiwanians packed Christmas boxes for needy families, a holiday tradition.

With so many of its members active in the community’s civic and political life, it was natural that Fayetteville Kiwanis would, from its start take on betterment projects and speak out on public issues.

In 1924, the club “threw open its meeting” for a program to launch the infant Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. That earned a front-page editorial in the Observer headlined: “Kiwanis Club Does A Sensible Thing.”

In its first 20 years, the club supported periodic clinics for crippled babies, a driver training school for teenagers, a high school field day, Boy Scout troops, the YMCA’s drive for a new building, and construction of an “athletic arena” at Fayetteville High School.

The club’s tradition of honoring members for their service to the community began early when the E.J. Wells Cup was established in 1925. The first recipient was Benjamin R. Huske, an inveterate booster of Fayetteville’s commercial and civic betterment.

The Wells Cup remained the only official award for nearly 20 years, until 1943, when the Strupler-Williamson Cup for best program was established. The Secretarys Cup for best committee chairman has been awarded since 1954, and the Highsmith Cup for outstanding committee member since 1965.

Click here to see a certificate received by the club for our purchase of war bonds in World War II

In Post World War II years, the club entered new Kiwanis fields, with special emphasis on the youth of the community. It established Key Clubs at Fayetteville High in 1947, Massey Hill in 1949, and Hope Mills in 1951.


Joe Tally – 1960

Another long-standing Kiwanis program began in 1955 with the first Talent Night program. By then, club membership had passed 100 and the Fayetteville club was among the largest in Kiwanis. The club’s standing soared to the ultimate heights in 1960, when club member and former Mayor J.O. Tally Jr. took the gavel as president of Kiwanis International. The worldwide organization then included 4,750 clubs and 260,000 members.

Click here to see a brochure from one of the club’s fund raising projects in 1965

Proud of its officeholders and award winners, the club also reveres its members who set longevity records There have been many 30 and 40-year pins and a handful of 50 year pins awarded within our club.


Club News

Gary Cooper presents a bicycle to a scholastic achievement award winner at the end of the 2017 school year.

winebarger_king_check_autismsociety-smThe Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, NC donated $1,000 to the Autism Society of North Carolina.  This check was presented Dec. 2 to Steve King, South Regional Director based in Fayetteville. This group mails our newsletter to any members that don’t use email.

winebarger_ellis_check_falconchildrenhome-smThe Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, NC donated $2,000 from the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville Endowment at the Cumberland Community Foundation.  The check was presented at our Dec. 2, 2016 meeting to Michelle Ellis, a volunteer that coordinates Christmas gifts and a Christmas party for the children at Falcon Children’s Home.

P.O. Box 53735, Fayetteville, NC 28305 • kiwanis@fayettevillekiwanis.org